On 28 January 2014 Pugwash convened a meeting in Geneva to discuss possible contributions to resolving the ongoing conflict in Syria. The meeting was co-hosted by Green Cross International, which kindly provided meeting facilities.
Invitees from the region and beyond included current and former policy makers and a range of regional, legal, humanitarian, and chemical weapons experts from NGOs, civil society, and academia. Given the intense complexities of the situation, most felt that at this time primary focus should be given to steps that can improve the current situation and which can serve as confidence building measures, rather than focusing negotiations on responsibility for the fighting or the legitimacy of the warring parties.
Co-chairs: Paolo Cotta-Ramusino and Sergey Batsanov
Rapporteur: Martin Butcher